New ecobee3: The Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor (Read The VERGE Review!)

ecobee3Ordinary thermostats read the temperature in only one room, but are supposed to deliver comfort in all rooms. ecobee3 remote sensors deliver the right temperature in the rooms that matter most.

Featuring a 3.5″ full-color LCD touchscreen, 320 x 480 pixel display with highly intuitive iconography and
controls, just like your smartphone. Reads temperature in multiple locations solving for uneven
temperatures in the rooms that matter most.

Ecobee3_Box Whats in the box? ecobee3 thermostat, Remote Sensor
with detachable stand, Power Extender Kit (PEK), Screws and drywall plugs, Standard and large trim plates, Quick Start Guide, Installation Guide and wire labels. Warranty: 3 years

Review from The Verge: One of the first things Stuart Lombard will tell you is how much he spent on the solar panels that are on top of his house. It’s not to brag so much as to explain why buying one of his company’s new $249 thermostats is as good of an idea as strapping $26,000 worth of solar panels to your roof. It saves, he says, about as much energy as the solar array by doing a better job at regulating indoor climate controls.

Lombard co-founded Ecobee, a Canadian company that made the world’s first Wi-Fi-connected thermostat, only to spend the past three years watching the world fawn over its competitor Nest’s futuristic design. Today the company is unveiling its answer to Nest, the Ecobee 3. It’s a jet-black square with rounded edges that looks like nothing else the company has made before, especially its predecessor: a white box with a touchscreen that Ecobee sold patterned Gelaskin stickers for, basically to hide the thing.

By comparison, the Ecobee 3 is something the company wants you to stop and look at each time you walk by it in your house. When it’s not showing you the temperature inside your house, it doubles as a weather station, giving you the upcoming forecast. And just like Nest, Ecobee is pitching it as something that does all the scheduling for you, saving time and money in the process.

Are You in Pendulum Jeopardy? It Should be Social WE-dia not Social ME-dia


The book Pendulum by Roy H. Williams and Michael R. Drew is said to be a veritable blue-print of our civilization for the last 3000 years. Williams and Drew have chronicled how past generations — shape present generations, and are able to predict the actions of future generation — so accurately, that if you don’t seriously consider the contents of the Pendulum, your next marketing campaign, product release, or business venture could be in serious jeopardy and fail, because you weren’t in sync with the “Me”-“We” Pendulum cycles that operate with all the subtle certainty and force of time and gravity. McDonald’s marketing adherence to the Pendulum theory provides compelling testament.

Now that I get what the Pendulum says and operate as a newly converted Pendulumist, I examine most things through the Pendulum-lens for compliance, whether it’s a new product, new advertisement, new television series, or the latest multi-million dollar marketing campaign. It’s apparent that many of these new aspirations have not yet read the Pendulum.

Bear in mind that we are in the middle of a serious “WE-upswing,” that began in 2013 and is not particularly favorable to the individual and that it will be another ten years before the direction of the Pendulum reverses and starts downward towards the next “Me” swing with all its new implications. The Pendulum’s present state places a clarion warning out to avoid “Me-first style” marketing and tells us to be wary of witch hunts and other unsavory actions taken against “Me-thinkers” and “Me-things.”

Questions. If something is to be successful shouldn’t it be correctly oriented to current “We” sided thinking? No wonder there is so much reluctance and inherent resistance by certain people to partake in Social Media. They can’t get on board the social me-dia train because they just don’t like it, or doesn’t feel right. Maybe, if the whole social media culture had been in true synch with the Pendulum, it would have been called social We-dia, and everyone would be social wedia-ists, right?

Anyhow, what does the Pendulum have to do with the HVAC world? And what kind of insight does the Pendulum offer in the marketing of a smart, high-tech, data generating, talking thermostat? In this keen battle for domination of the smart thermostat market, there may be very good reason to pay attention to the Pendulum, and the manufacturer using the “We-style” marketing approach would seem to have a significant advantage over the other manufacturers who are using the ill-timed “Me-style” approach.

Now, let’s take a look at these thermostat marketing campaigns… And their successes…

International Systems of America, LLC — Setting the Address on a SimplexGrinnell 4098-9714 Smoke Head and a 4098-9792 Base

ISA125ISA is a unique systems provider, beginning with their ability to quickly deliver new parts for existing and legacy systems from virtually any manufacturer. In this ISA Video, Nick Dumeyer talks with ISA Lab Technician Dexter Hall about setting the address on SimplexGrinnell addressable smoke detectors. About ISA: ISA adheres to the industry-recognized standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). NFPA 72 establishes minimum requirements for inspection, maintenance and testing of fire alarm systems, including required qualifications for technicians and proper test methods and frequency of testing for system components. All senior ISA technicians have extensive fire alarm training and at least five years of experience. Supervisors are certified by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology (NICET) at a minimum of NICET Level II. A NICET Level II is an independent, journeyman-level engineering technician.

DeviceTech 2015 Teams with IOTNA 2015 — in Chicago. Speaking Opportunities Available!

Another ControlTrends Calendar heads-up! DeviceTech 2015 is an intellectual mashup that places innovation squarely on a head-on collision course with investors and opportunity. DeviceTech 2015 is an innovative new trade fair focused on the design and manufacturing of handheld devices and portable, connected electronics. The event is designed to serve the educational and information needs of OEM design engineers and product developers involved in connected, portable electronics and mobile applications. It will be held April 15-16, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, IL.

To be held in conjunction with the 2015 Internet of Things North America (IOTNA). IOTNA is an innovative event covering advanced connectivity and cloud based monitoring/control of devices, facilities, automobiles and enterprise operations. After a successful 2014 event in Milwaukee, the 2015 will be held in Chicago on April 15-16, and will be co-located with Webcom’s newest event: the Device Technology Conference.

– See more at:

IOTNA from Webcom Communications on Vimeo.

Market demands are calling for profound advancements in system intelligence, smaller size, low power design, connectivity, mobile applications and ergonomics to make devices that are smarter, longer lasting and more connected. This event will explore the strategies, solutions and technologies that product developers can employ to improve their existing products and create their next generation.

DeviceTech continued from above… There are a limited number of speaking opportunities available, so it is imperative that you submit your abstract by the October 23rd, 2014. Join other industry visionaries and speak at DeviceTech 2015, April 15-16, in Chicago. This event provides a forum to discuss new developments in technology, market conditions and end-user requirements that are driving innovation, capabilities and features, application trends and performance improvements in handheld devices and portable, connected electronics. For more information on submitting an abstract, contact Shannon Given, program manager, at 608-351-9245 or

DeviceTech 2015 Trade Fair will consist of two full days of educational sessions along with an exhibition showcasing solutions in:
Wireless Charging & Power
Energy Harvesting, Advanced Power Sources
Motion Sensing, Orientation, Tracking/Location
Display, Interface and Lighting
Prototyping, Manufacturing & Assembly
MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems)
Advanced Materials
Product Development Strategy & Roadmaps
Certification & Testing
Shielding, Rf Safety
Data Acquisition & Analytics
Usability and Reliability

DeviceTech 2015 attendees will include Design Engineers, Product Developers, Materials & Component Suppliers, Carriers & Data Service Providers, Packaging & Assembly Professionals and Developers of Bluetooth, ZigBee, NFC, Qi products, applications and tools.

IOTNA continued from above… Internet of Things North America will consist of two full days of educational sessions along with an exhibition showcasing solutions in:
Machine and Device Connectivity
IoT Standards and Standardization
Big Data: Data Acquisition & Analytics
Building a Business Model for IoT
Enterprise-wide Connectivity
Networking: Wireless, Wired, Fiber & Telemetry Networks
Cloud-based monitoring and control of equipment, assets, facilities & operations
Integrating Multiple Networks & Communications Systems for Maximum Interoperability
Remote & Smart Service Management
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CNS’ Mike Welch Sheds Some DALI Light on “How to Avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings”

CNS ControlTrends is delighted to share this informative expertise from Mike Welch, Managing Director of Control Network Solutions, founded in 1996, and headquartered in Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK (approximately 45 minutes from London). Mike is a DALI™ (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) lighting control specialist and makes a compelling case as to why it makes commercial sense to adopt a more flexible, open approach to the control and management of lighting systems today.


At a recent RBS Innovation Gateway meeting, Professor Doug Crawford-Brown from the Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research at Cambridge University spoke on the concept of ‘stranded investments’. A stranded investment is one where a particular technology or solution is acquired to address one set of issues. But, in the time it takes to implement the solution, the reality dawns that the situation has changed and a whole range of new issues have emerged which will not be effectively addressed by the investment made.

This concept applies readily enough to the way we construct and manage buildings. We spend huge amounts of time, effort and money in trying to plan for a building that will operate in a certain way before the foundation holes have even been excavated. When we arrive at the point of occupation, the world around us has invariably moved on. Business conditions, the environment, energy prices, regulations and other factors are rarely, if ever, fixed points for any considerable length of time. Occupier expectations of the spaces they inhabit have also changed and will constantly evolve over the lifetime of the building.

Of course, every building can be reconfigured to adapt to changing factors and user needs. But, this type of renovation often requires a fleet of trucks and an army of trades to put in new cables or remove existing ones; to move partition walls; fit new lighting fixtures and shift other equipment around. It’s a very labour-intensive and expensive process. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Increasingly, we live in a world of soft, easily reconfigurable technologies, especially in the world of building controls. If the right technology decisions are made at the beginning of a project, then the building can be easily adapted to cope with the impact of office churn.

Take the recently completed Standard Bank office in Johannesburg as an example. In this prestigious building, some years in the planning, everything was delivered and installed according to specification. However, as soon as the building became occupied, reconfiguration took place very quickly. Many of the people moving into the building were not those initially consulted about their space requirements by the building’s designers. And, if they were, their views and needs had altered since that first consultation. A number had changed their job within the company or, fundamentally,wanted their desks in a different part of the workspace, so re-organising their space in a way that impacted on how the lighting was grouped, switched and controlled. Sending in specialist engineers to reconfigure the lighting could have proved a nightmare. Instead, on this project, change has proved a much more straightforward process.

This 65,000m² office development features an elitedali™ solution which is controlling, maintaining and managing the lighting system for the entire building, incorporating 4,500 Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI®) light fixtures and 1,600 DALI® multi-sensors. elitedali enables Tridium’s Niagara AX platforms to provide the building with intelligent, automated dimming and switching off of lights in response to daylight and occupancy sensors to save considerably on energy consumption. It also speeds up maintenance, by reducing the time required to replace or reconfigure luminaires according to user demand. From the site or wherever they might have been in the world, the systems integrator has the freedom to simply access the wire sheets via their PC, then re-group, re-zone and re-adjust control strategies, as necessary. They could re-associate groups of lights with new switches and sensors, different numbers of lighting or whatever was needed to meet the new requirements of its occupants in real time.

This was all accomplished quickly, cost-effectively and with minimum impact on the actual business that the end client was trying to transact in the space. And, it’s a process that will inevitably continue to be repeated over the lifetime of the building.

The lessons are clear. In my view, we should simply resist trying to work out what’s going to happen with our buildings and its occupants in the future. It makes far better sense to implement solutions, such as those at Standard Bank, which maximise the ability of those tasked with managing or using that space to be as flexible as possible so that they can adapt to what is in front of them at minimum cost and as near as possible in real time.

An open approach brings the opportunity to realise these and other substantial benefits. I think of it as an inverted pyramid. With the pointed end at the bottom, we emerge through the pyramid, and, as it widens out, we find greater and greater opportunity to achieve more and more desirable outcomes – flexibility of reconfiguration, energy savings, reduced CO2 emissions, better value assets, improved building ratings, easier operation and maintenance, lower costs and so on. By bringing together elitedali™ lighting control and Tridium’s NiagaraAX Framework, energy managers can change the way the lighting operates and observe changes in energy use in real time.

They can also receive in-depth and accurate information about the performance of the lighting through the BMS as never before. Without such an open solution, it is only possible to access such data in a proprietary format, making it difficult to combine with data gathered from other areas of the building services. This approach puts that information directly into the clients’ hands, and enables them to specify the format of the information produced for “cloud analytics and big data” applications.

It’s a world that liberates energy managers and buildings owners and transforms buildings from stranded investments to valued assets.

For further information please contact:
Mike Welch or Ruth Chrisp
Managing Director Wildwood Public Relations
Control Network Solutions Ltd
The Stables Studio 7, Intec2, Intec Business Park Meadow Court
Wade Road, Basingstoke Faygate Lane, Faygate
Hampshire, RG24 8NE West Sussex, RH12 4SJ
Tel: 01256 818700 Tel: 01293 851115
Fax: 01256 812520 Fax: 01293 852448
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Editor’s notes: Based out of the UK and serving markets globally with its range of energy-saving open control
solutions, CNS is a Certified Tridium Developer Partner. Using Tridium’s web convergent technology platform, CNS creates smart open standards products and solutions. elitedali™ for Niagara AX® is available for installation via a global network of Certified elitedali Partners (CeP™). CNS also manufactures the CNS-Enocean™ Niagara AX Driver which leverages the company’s experience with elitedali and device modelling techniques to offer wireless/energy harvesting control solutions for intelligent building management, automation and lighting systems. For more information on elitedali™, visit Follow elitedali™ on twitter @elitedali or join the discussion on LinkedIn at elitedali for Niagara AX Group.

2014 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Summit –Register Now!

AEMC_SUMMITThe 2014 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit (AEMC) is a gathering of preeminent leaders from industry, academia, labor, the national laboratories, government and media to: Discuss the most critical energy and manufacturing challenges and opportunities affecting U.S. prosperity, sustainability, and security; Accelerate a movement to increase U.S. competitiveness in the production of clean energy products and increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness across the board through greater energy productivity; Commit to concrete actions to spark the continued innovation, investment, and industrial transformation needed for economic growth and job creation; and Deliver opportunities to stand up public-private partnerships designed to cultivate the conditions in this country to promote energy efficiency, the adoption of renewable technologies, and increased clean technology manufacturing investment. Register here!

Why Attend? The 2014 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Summit is the second premier, annual, national event dedicated to building momentum around American innovation, progress and competitiveness in energy and manufacturing. The Summit will galvanize public and private sector leaders to take concrete actions to enhance U.S. productivity and prosperity.

This gathering of preeminent figures from industry, government, academia, the national laboratories, labor and other key stakeholder communities will bring together the nation’s best minds and strongest leaders to build relationships, celebrate success, and set an agenda for concrete policy actions to strengthen America’s manufacturing sector, and to catalyze new economic opportunity through the development and deployment of next-generation energy technologies. The Inaugural AEMC Summit convened more than 500 CEOs, university presidents, national laboratory directors, and other stakeholders from across America.

compete_orgFor more information on the AEMC Partnership, including findings from the dialogue series and original research on the power of public-private partnerships, visit:

DGLogik, Inc. Relocates Headquarters! 1830 Embarcardero, Suite 106, Oakland, CA 94606

appySan Francisco, CA — August 29, 2014 — We are proud to announce that Appy has decided, mid-season, to become a season ticket holder for MLB baseball team, Oakland A’s. Due to their team’s success, as well, as DGLogik’s success, we will be relocating our office headquarters. The move allows Appy to arrive to his Premium box seats quicker while allowing DGLogik to expand their space, providing the ability to host larger training seminars and exclusively showcase latest and future technologies of all things IoT. Our office numbers and emails all remain the same. Please refer to the following new address: 1830 Embarcardero, Suite 106, Oakland, CA 94606

Johnson Controls Supports HVAC Education and Scholarships for University of Hawaii Students

Johnson-ControlsMore students at the University of Hawaii may pursue HVAC careers thanks to funding from Johnson Controls. The company’s recent $58,000 gift will fund scholarships and provide equipment for Honolulu Community College’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology (RAC) program.

The vice president for community colleges, Dr. John Morton said, “Sustainability is an important goal but also an important value for the UH Community Colleges. We thank Johnson Controls for its continued support and partnership, and for this generous gift in support of training the future workers in Hawaii’s green industries.”

Dr. Erika Lacro, chancellor of Honolulu Community College, added, “This generous gift will help Honolulu CC keep important programs such as Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology current with industry standards. Students will train on innovative equipment to help move the future of Hawaii’s workforce to be more responsive with its energy needs. The Johnson Controls’ Fellows Program is offered across the UH System to engage students in all types of sustainable practices. These scholarships will aid students throughout their educational journey through to graduation.”

In 2011, UH and Johnson Controls launched the Fellows Program to prepare students for jobs in the growing green sector while identifying and cultivating students to lead sustainability efforts on their respective campuses. To date there have been more than 47 fellows educated by Johnson Controls employees who have coordinated activities such as renewable energy training summits, Earth Day celebrations, and peer-to-peer sustainability education.

“We’re training students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers, making them career- ready for jobs in sustainability and energy-efficiency industries,” said Judith Mouton, program director, Higher Education, Johnson Controls. “While learning about sustainability, they’re gaining valuable business leadership skills.”

View recent media coverage of the program. Posted on August 8, 2014

Contemporary Controls’ Versatile BASremote BACnet/IP Controller/Gateway is Even More Flexible!

Contemporary ControlsBASremoteAugust 2014 — The BASremote has evolved over the years from its original intent as a BACnet/IP remote I/O device. We were one of the first to add a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) option ― allowing the device to operate without the need for control panel power. Next, we added Modbus RTU to BACnet/IP gateway functionality which greatly expanded the point handling capability of the unit. Then we added Modbus TCP to Modbus RTU routing ― providing the BASremote with Modbus TCP client capability. Next, we added a Sedona Framework virtual machine (SVM) eventually obtaining Sedona 1.2 certification ― making the BASremote a freely-programmable B-ASC controller. The Linux-based BASremote is appropriately identified as a versatile BACnet/IP controller/gateway, but we did not stop there. By listening to our customers we are releasing several new features. Visit Contemporary Controls for more solutions!

BASremotes with firmware release 3.7.7 have these added features:
Simplified trending
Secure email notifications
Convenient firmware upgrades
Simplified Trending

Equipped with expansion modules, the BASremote can have up to 32 I/O points. With an installed Modbus device profile and attached Modbus devices, the number of points can increase dramatically. Each of these points can be trended using a simple “check-the-box” web page. Up to 150,000 data points can be saved before rollover of data. The output is a CSV-compliant file that can be manipulated using a standard spreadsheet program.

Authentication: Unauthorized access can now be prevented with password protection. This includes web page access, Java use, Sedona program protection and access to trend data.

Secure Email Notifications: Events captured in a Sedona program can trigger an email alert. Encrypted email services used by both Google and Yahoo can be used to carry these messages. The BASremote now supports SSL/TLS over port 465 and STARTTLS over port 587. It will continue to support traditional port 25 email services.

Convenient firmware upgrades: The BASremote is built upon a Linux platform and therefore supports the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) for making firmware revisions. With version 3.7.7 we have introduced a firmware update process based upon a simple web page action that removes the FTP complexity.

Any BASremote with version 3.1.2 or higher can be upgraded to version 3.7.7 using the traditional FTP process that can be found on the BASremote support page. There is no charge for the upgrade version. Also on the same support page is a new application note explaining how Modbus to BACnet mapping is accomplished in the BASremote.

Visit Contemporary Controls for more solutions!

Sensors, Sensors Everywhere: In the Near Future, Structures and Systems Will Look After Themselves

SHM (Photo: 1663 Los Alamos Science and Technology Magazine. Schematic Source: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT)

Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) began in the early 1800’s with railroad wheel-tappers, which used the sound of a hammer striking the train wheel to evaluate if damage was present. The IoT sensor proliferation that continues to increase the number of application instances will soon deliver this significant SHM concept, which is similar, yet different, than our Fault Detection and Diagnostics — nearer and nearer to our workstations (cautious optimism), because SHM will be incorporated into everything: buildings, bridges, every mode of transportation, as well as every large piece of HVAC equipment around us — that we will hopefully continue to integrate with in some manner. FAST COMPANY has the Connected Home Sweet Home covered, but it was this article by Craig Tyler, published in July 2013, in The Los Alamos Science and Technology Magazine, that really spells out the pervasiveness of this technology. Chuck Farrar and David Mascarenas, among other luminaries at the Engineering Institute at Los Alamos, a research and education collaboration between Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of California, San Diego, are all about solving really sophisticated data-to-decision problems.

Fundamental Axioms of SHM IVa: Sensors cannot measure damage. Feature extraction through signal processing and statistical classification is necessary to convert sensor data into damage information (

Did you know that sensors evolve? According to Eric Flynn, a colleague of David Mascarenas, and postdoctoral researcher at the Engineering Institute researcher at the Los Alamos Engineering Institute: “Over many different trials, the sensor network develops a lifetime of experience. Detector locations, or sets of locations, that do not help enough are like animals that are unfit for survival or reproduction; they are deleted from the “gene pool.” New sensor locations are introduced to replace the ones that are deleted, based on “mutation” and “breeding” among the remaining sensor “population,” in a process that repeats for each new “generation.” In this way, the 3D sensor locations “evolve” to their optimal configuration. Los Alamos Engineering Institute researchers working in the field of structural health monitoring (SHM) are developing sensor systems to track health and damage information for the nation’s major infrastructure objects—including buildings and bridges, power plants and industrial plants, ships and aircraft, and other large-investment equipment for transportation, entertainment, and scientific research. They are designing and building SHM hardware as well as developing algorithms to screen raw SHM sensor data reliably for evidence of structural degradation.”

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Los Alamos Engineering Institute researchers working in the field of structural health monitoring (SHM) are developing sensor systems to track health and damage information for the nation’s major infrastructure objects—including buildings and bridges, power plants and industrial plants, ships and aircraft, and other large-investment equipment for transportation, entertainment, and scientific research. They are designing and building SHM hardware as well as developing algorithms to screen raw SHM sensor data reliably for evidence of structural degradation.

Los Alamos Engineering Institute researchers working in the field of structural health monitoring (SHM) are developing sensor systems to track health and damage information for the nation’s major infrastructure objects—including buildings and bridges, power plants and industrial plants, ships and aircraft, and other large-investment equipment for transportation, entertainment, and scientific research. They are designing and building SHM hardware as well as developing algorithms to screen raw SHM sensor data reliably for evidence of structural degradation.

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